Caroline and David Stafford

David Stafford is a writer, broadcaster and occasional musician born in Birmingham, England.   David began his career in fringe and community theatre in the 1970s. In the early 1980s, he collaborated and toured with Alexei Sayle, which resulted in two series for Capital Radio, two films for TV ('Itch and Didn't You Kill My Brother?), a book, Great Bus Journeys of the World, and various songs and recordings including Doctor Marten’s Boots.   At the same time he was a presenter on the Channel 4 consumer programme 4 What It’s Worth and contributed to many arts programmes and documentaries including The Media Show (Channel 4) and extensively to The Late Show (BBC2).   His TV plays include Dread Poets Society (BBC2) co-written with the poet Benjamin Zephaniah, My Little Grey Home In The West and Catherine.   For ten years he wrote a weekly column for the Saturday Guardian, eventually called Staffordshire Bull.   During the 1990s, he presented Tracks for BBC2, Going Places for BBC Radio 4 and was a regular panellist on Radio 4’s literary parody game Booked.   David frequently stood in for John Peel as the presenter of Home Truths (BBC Radio 4).   After Peel’s death, he became first one of the pool of presenters and later sole presenter of the programme.   For the past eight years he has taught screenwriting courses at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Caroline Stafford started her career in the fashion business, heading up her own company for a while and working as a fabric and accessories buyer for Nichol Farhi.   She also had occasional forays into journalism with the Daily Mirror, the London Evening Standard and New Musical Express.   She and David have, since 1995, collaborated on comedies and dramas, mostly for radio, including Man of Soup, The Brothers, Hazelbeach, The True and Inspirational Life Of St. Nicholas, The Day The Planes Came, The Year They Invented Sex, Feminine Forever and a series of legal dramas based on the true-life cases of Norman Birkett.   Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be their biography of the composer Lionel Bart, published by Omnibus Press in 2011, was chosen as BBC Radio 4’s Book of The Week was shortlisted for the Sheridan Morley award and became the basis of a TV documentary, Reviewing The Situation - The Life Of Lionel Bart, made with John Wyver and Mick Conefrey at Illuminations Productions and transmitted by BBC4 on 4th Dec 2013.   Their newest book Cupid Stunts - The Life And Radio Times Of Kenny Everett was published in May 2013.

Over the years various awards have been accumulated including a Prix Europa, a Prix Marulic, a Royal Television Society Award, two Travelex Travel Writers’ Awards, a Pye Radio Award (in the days before it became a Sony Award, when it was presented at a dignified luncheon by a minor royal) and, indirectly, an Emmy.